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Tropsa’s troops blank Guilford on Bennett’s goal in season-starter

Darien 1, Guilford 0

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SCRIBAN-0 — Izzy Scribano starts the season with a shutout. (Darien Times/Steven Buono photo)

GIRLS WAVE HOCKEY

Updated Monday, Dec. 10Jamie Tropsa had his first win as new girls Wave Hockey coach, 1-0 vs. Guilford in game one of 2012-13 on Saturday night at home.

Ellie Bennett had the lone goal, Georgia Cassidy the assist.

In goal for the Wave, it was Izzy Scribano making three saves for the shutout.

Darien (1-0) scored in the second period, Bennett’s goal was one of 47 shots on net.

The Wave goes on the road playing Amity at the Northford Ice Pavillion Tuesday night in game two.

Tropsa was assistant coach the past several years after assisting with the New Canaan High boys team and is a former Blue Wave boys team bench boss as well.

“We are good, but I’d say, very young,” said Tropsa. “We only have one senior and not too many juniors, so our freshman class is outstanding.”

It was a rematch with the team that eliminated the Wave from states in 2012.

“When we lost to Guilford in our last game of the year, we outplayed them, but we just didn’t score,” Tropsa said. “And this (time) we outplayed them again, and we could only score one.”

But it was a nice one.

“Georgia Cassidy, one of our freshman, passed it over to Ellie Bennett, and she took a hell of a shot,” added Tropsa. “Put it right over the girls’ shoulder.”

It was just tough, like the last time the teams met, to find a place over, under, sideways or down, to put the puck past the Guilford netminder.

“Their goalie was fabulous,” said Tropsa. “I mean, we had a couple breakaways — she’s a good little goalie.”

Darien’s influx of sharp freshman Tropsa has been coaching for a while now, starting with the Ice Cats youth program.

“They are doing a good job,” he said.

Tropsa replaces Al Gurney, who coached the Wave to its first titles several years back.

“I feel bad, we obviously miss Al,” Tropsa said. “He did a lot here and the girls miss him, I miss him. It’s kind of a sad day for Darien girls’ hockey.

“But the program is very, very strong and I can only imagine it’s going to get better.”

For Tropsa, taking over behind the bench is about as good as it gets.

“These girls are awesome,” he said. “So it’s great evey day to be going to practices — definitely a lot of fun.”

 

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